April 2, 2010
AUSTIN, Texas & GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The Florida State track and field teams (Men- No. 4/ Women- No. 5) continued the push upward Saturday night at the Texas and Florida Relays by having five Seminoles set top 10 NCAA performances including a nation leading 100m time of 11.20 by freshman Marecia Pemberton. FSU will wrap up competition Saturday at both meets.
“We had a whale of a day in women’s sprints,” FSU Head Coach Bob Braman said. “It’s an unbelievable time for Marecia. Candyce and Teona did phenomenal in the 200m and it was a lifetime best for Candyce. After a tough indoor season, to see them step up was fantastic. Darrin Gibson ran a lifetime best and Nathan Duby gave good effort.”
The women’s sprints group dominated the Florida Relays with three ‘Noles setting top 10 times in the NCAA.
In the newcomer’s second performance as a Seminole, Pemberton blew past the competition as she captured first place in the 100m with a time of 11.20. Pemberton’s time matched FSU’s top performance on the all-time performance list in program history. Danielle Jeffrey finished in 12th place in the same event with a time of 11.61.
Candyce McGrone also had an impressive showing in the 200m as she ran a personal-record time of 23.16 which is third in the nation. Teammate Teona Rodgers joined McGrone in the event and took sixth place with a notable time of 23.32 that sits as the fourth fastest time in the NCAA.
As the only field athlete to represent FSU in Florida, Caila Coleman posted a mark of 48.84m in the hammer throw to take fourth place.
The distance crew had a good showing as Jennifer Dunn earned second place in the 3000m steeplechase with a time of 10:32.25 that is noted as 13th in the nation, while newcomer Pasca Cheruiyot opened her season with a runner-up finish in the 5000m with a time of 16:21.12 that is the ninth best time in the NCAA this season.
“We were excited to see Ngoni back on the runway” Associate Head Coach Harlis Meaders said. “Texas Relays provides an opportunity to compete against the best athletes in the country and it is the best meet we have all year. This meet is the perfect setup to the conference meet and NCAA. I was excited to see everyone compete and I think we learned a lot.”
While the track athletes took care of business in Florida, a few of the field athletes continued to impress at Texas.
Leading the squad was Ngoni Makusha as the ‘Nole opened his season with a leap of 7.54m in the long jump that is recorded as the NCAA’s eighth best jump this season. Marlon Woods, who currently leads the nation with his jump from FSU Relays (7.99m), jumped a mark of 7.48m to finish in seventh place.
On the women’s front, Amy Harris leaped the NCAA’s eighth best mark in the long jump with 6.21m that earned her sixth place.
Men’s Long Jump
5. Ngoni Makusha 7.54m/ 24-09.00
7. Marlon Woods 7.48m/ 24-06.50
Women Long Jump
6. Amy Harris 6.21m/ 20-04.50
10. Michael Putman 53.57m/ 175-09
12. Bryan Howard 61.38m/ 201-04
Women 100m Hurdles
23. Valerie Flournoy 14.31
Women 400m Dash
8. Brittany St. Louis 53.84
Women 100m Dash
1. Marecia Pemberton 11.20
12. Danielle Jeffrey 11.61
4. Candyce McGrone 23.16
6. Teona Rodgers 23.32
Women 3000m Steeplechase
2. Jennifer Dunn 10:32.25
2. Pasca Cheruiyot 16:21.12
7. Andrea Palen 17:10.95
16. Christina Woytalewicz 17:38.96
Women Hammer Throw
4. Caila Coleman 48.84m
Men 110m Hurdles
28. Gonzalo Barroilhet 14.73
16. Darrin Gibson 1:51.28
19. Nathan Duby 1:52.29
Men 400m hurdles
24. Andrew Jacobs 54.10
25. Pablo Navarrete 54.11
31. Nathan Duby 3:55.42